Snap strikes deals for licensed music in Snapchat app
Snapchat's parent company Snap Inc has signed music licensing deals with Warner Music Group, Warner Chappell, Universal Music Publishing, Merlin and a number of members of US publishing body the NMPA. Bloomberg reported...
August 3, 2020
TikTok signs licensing deal with US publishing body NMPA
Another day, another licensing deal for TikTok, and this one's a biggie. It's signed a global, multi-year agreement with the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) in the US. That's big because the NMPA has been...
July 23, 2020
NMPA boss puts Twitch, Fortnite on livestream licensing notice
Twitch is having a difficult moment with copyright takedowns and demands for a platform-wide licensing deal, but the US National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) has its sights set on sync royalties for recorded livestreams...
June 18, 2020
NMPA boss promises big fight over ‘CRB IV’ streaming rates
It’s not just Twitch that’s rousing NMPA boss David Israelite again this week. He’s also been talking to Rolling Stone about the rate-setting process for mechanical streaming songwriter royalties in the...
June 16, 2020
NMPA reveals US publishing revenues grew by 11.6% in 2019
US publishing body the NMPA held its annual meeting yesterday – the first time it’s been online. It included some new stats from president and CEO David Israelite. He revealed that US publishing industry revenues...
June 11, 2020
Love ISN’T in the air as DSPs’ US royalty-rates appeal kicks off
David Israelite, president of the National Music Publishers Association in the US, has never been a man to pull his verbal punches when taking digital services to task. “Songwriters: This week, Spotify and Amazon are...
March 10, 2020
NMPA and Peloton settle publishing lawsuit with new partnership
The US National Music Publishers Association has settled the copyright infringement lawsuit with fitness firm Peloton, which was brought last year by 14 of its publisher members. The terms have not been announced, but the...
February 28, 2020
US Congress launches new attempt to pay artists for radio plays
With the Music Modernization Act passed – and (most of) the arguments over the funding of its new Mechanical Licensing Collective settled – the US music industry is turning its attention to another long-running legislative...
November 22, 2019
NMPA throws weight behind possible US investigation into TikTok
TikTok is currently under intense scrutiny in the US over its recently-revealed censorship policies, with prominent senator Marco Rubio having called for a formal investigation into the company. Now the National Music Publishers...
October 17, 2019
NMPA attacks Spotify and Amazon in latest royalties battle
Ding ding! Round… well, we’re not sure what round we’re into now if the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) and Spotify were having a boxing match. But the slugs keep on coming. Remember how Spotify announced that...
August 28, 2019
DSPs and NMPA filings are in over new CRB royalty rates
Breaking news: there isn’t just one appeal against the new songwriter-royalty rates proposed by the Copyright Royalty Board in the US. The one from Spotify, Pandora, Google and Amazon we all know about – it was officially...
August 16, 2019
Spotify’s relationship with publishers hits the rocks – again
A new Spotify / music publishing story broke on Friday, but there’s a bigger picture here: the increasingly-dispiriting story of the streaming service’s approach towards the publishing community, as well as the perception...
June 24, 2019